Graeme has been involved with women’s hockey dating back to 1976, when he volunteered to be an assistant coach for his high school’s women’s hockey team. More recently, as one of the original ambassadors of the CWHL, he was instrumental in delivering Bauer as one of the leagues earliest sponsors.
Graeme, through his private equity firm Roustan Capital, is well known for pursuing high profile global brands and iconic acquisitions including leading a group to acquire Bauer from Nike for $200-million.
As chairman, Graeme led Bauer's Board in the acquisition of Mission-Itech Hockey, Cascade, the leading manufacturer of lacrosse helmets, Maverik Lacrosse, Combat Baseball and Inaria. In 2011, Graeme led the board as Bauer completed its IPO on the Toronto Stock Exchange with a value approaching $400-million and its worldwide market share of over 50 per cent of hockey equipment sales.
Graeme has been giving back to the game that has given so much to him. In 1994, Graeme and his brother Wayne formed Hockey for the Homeless, a not-for-profit U.S. entity in response to Hurricane Andrew, which hosted celebrity hockey tournaments in Miami and Los Angeles, raising money for Habitat for Humanity.
Over the past two decades, Graeme has worked with Hockey Canada and numerous municipalities and organizations to build community ice rinks and arenas in select countries all over the world. He has been an avid supporter of the Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation and the Ottawa Senators Foundation, by subsidizing the building of outdoor rinks.
Born in Sherbrooke, Que., Graeme grew up in Montreal where he played hockey from the age of three and continues playing today. Graeme is an FAA licensed pilot and is currently enrolled in the Institute of Corporate Directors, Directors Education Program at the University of Toronto.